ASU Named a ‘STEM Jobs Approved College’
March 09, 2017
The 2016-17 STEM Jobs Approved Colleges list honors the top U.S. universities, colleges, community colleges and trade schools that are connecting students, particularly those in under-represented populations, with high-demand, high-growth STEM occupations. Of the nation’s more than 8,800 institutions of higher education, only 964 made this year’s list. The list will be published in STEM Jobs magazine and is available now at www.stemjobs.com.
Victory Media, which also produces G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse magazines and their corresponding websites, has also designated ASU as a “Military Friendly School” every year since 2010 and as a “Military Spouse Friendly School” in its inaugural rankings in 2016.
ASU President Brian J. May said, “We are very gratified by our ongoing ‘Military Friendly’ designations because of Victory Media’s solid reputation. To now have our STEM programs recognized in a similar manner is just outstanding. In addition to offering high-quality academic programs in mathematics, various sciences and engineering, we also have specific programs in place to encourage our first-generation, Hispanic and other under-represented student populations to pursue STEM degrees and careers. This new ranking is a testament to the dedication of the faculty and staff who administer all those programs.”
The institutions on the 2016-17 list were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey. Schools making the list were deemed the best at providing opportunities for students to explore STEM subjects; promoting partnerships that foster STEM literacy and connect classrooms to careers; ensure coursework and activities have a focus on careers; and promote STEM programs that actively attract and engage under-represented student populations.
“With our STEM Jobs Approved awards, we’re able to help educators evaluate whether they’re meeting the needs of students by employing the kinds of programs that our research shows are most effective in getting students involved in STEM,” said Ellen Pomerantz, STEM Jobs director of educational partnerships and programs. “We’re pleased to showcase schools like Angelo State University as an institution leading the way in this area.”
Angelo State’s STEM programs are offered through the College of Science and Engineering and include the academic departments of agriculture, biology, chemistry and biochemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, and physics and geosciences. More details are available at www.angelo.edu/dept/science-engineering/.